You know how most people say that losing weight is the hardest thing they’ve ever done? Ironically, once we’ve lost the weight, hit our goals and get to our ideal body size, our tones change and managing or maintaining our weight suddenly becomes the most difficult thing to do.
There’s no question that winning your battle against obesity or the battle of the bulge is a huge accomplishment, but when it comes to long term success, getting to your ideal weight is truly just half the battle.
Maintenance is the name of the game after that, and how you choose to manage your lifestyle post-weight loss journey will easily spell the difference between a long, healthy and happy life and regaining the weight you’ve lost. We’ve got some tips to help you manage your weight. The best part is that a lot of them are actually things you can and should be carrying over from your journey to fitness.
Tip #1: Carry A Water Bottle Around
Water is our best friend whether we’re trying to lose weight, maintain weight or gain weight. For example, did you know that what many people interpret to be hunger is actually just their bodies telling them that they’re thirsty?
Yup, hunger pangs are actually a sign of dehydration and we often respond to these pangs by eating unnecessary calories when all we need to solve the problem is a drink of water. Make sure to carry a bottle of water around with you wherever you go and track your water intake.
While drinking eight glasses of water a day is a good starting point, we encourage you to try to get up to 12 glasses of water in a day. Trust us, our water intake greatly influences what we eat and how much of it we eat.
Tip #2: Make Sure You’re Eating Essential Fatty Acids
Wait, what? Fatty and essential in the same phrase? Yes! As you should already know by now (assuming you’ve lost a good deal of weight, that is), fatty acids are actually absolutely essential for the survival of our body.
Some of the fats that we should be including in our diet are omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids. These fatty acids are actually really important when it comes to increasing our metabolic rate, ramping up our energy levels and, in the long run, burn major calories.
Want to know something else that’s pretty cool about fatty acids? They actually help our kidneys let go of water being retained in the tissues. When our kidneys hold on to this water, it leads to weight gain and bloating, which we can all do without, thank you very much.
Tip #3: Practice Smart Snacking
It would be impractical for us to tell you to stop snacking in between meals. Snacking is actually pretty helpful when it comes to curbing dangerous cravings. We do, however, find it mighty important to add the caveat that this is only applicable to smart snacking. Snacks, after all, aren’t inherently bad.
It’s when we start snacking on high-carb, high-fat, high-sugar, and highly processed foods that things start to go side wards. Pick your snacks cautiously and make sure to portion them out so that you’re sure you’re not eating way too much.
Some smart snacks to choose from, especially if you’re going more for body weight maintenance rather than weight loss, are a single portion of chicken salad, a high-fiber granola bar, yogurt or a handful of nuts.
Tip #4: Detox Regularly
It’s incredible how much toxins our body can carry around with it if we don’t regularly make an effort to clean it out or keep it clean. The horrible thing about this is that when the toxins build up along with the harmful chemicals and other unspeakable compounds of processed food, this cocktail actually starts to contribute to the fat stores and deposits already found in our body.
Some compounds can even hinder the body’s ability to oxidize fat and makes the fatty tissues in our body more resistant to metabolizing. Regular detox diets are a great idea when you’re trying to maintain your newly achieved body weight. It’s also important that, once you’ve successfully detoxed, you choose foods that are low in toxins. Organic food in particular is a good idea.
Some additional benefits to regularly detoxing is reduction in bloating, easing and fighting constipation as well as preventing untimely weight gain. Remember, don’t go for so-called cleansing products being peddled in the market. Detox your body with whole foods instead like a short 3-day juice detox.
Tip #5: Resist the Urge to Crash Diet
We’ve all been there at that horrible moment where you stare at the scale and wonder how the heck we’ve managed to put on nearly 10 pounds seemingly overnight. When this happens, we implore you to resist the urge to turn to crash dieting.
As tempting as crash diets are, they’ll do you more harm than good and sudden weight loss can actually trigger unfavorable side effects like bloating, mood swings and even skin problems. Additionally, turning to crash dieting can potentially lead to even more weight gain in the long run as multiple studies and personal stories have shown that crash diets are nearly 100 percent unsustainable in the long run.
We speak with as much sincerity as possible when we remind you that the only way to maintain a healthy weight or lose any weight we gain back is through a healthy calorie deficit in your diet and regular exercise. If you find yourself at a point where you’ve started developing unhealthy habits again, recalibrate and reassess your lifestyle.
Start re-implementing practices that helped you lose weight in the first and go back to the basics. Whether that means prepping your meals ahead of time, switching back to a high-protein diet for a while or adding more intensity to your workouts, do it. What’s important is you bring healthy habits back and let go of the bad ones.